WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and co-author of award-winning titles including his recent Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools (2014), has become an advisor to Pedago, an educational technology startup based in Washington, D.C.
At the Clayton Christensen Institute, Horn served as the executive director of its education program, instructing policymakers and community leaders on the power of disruptive innovation—innovation that helps create a new market—in K–12 and postsecondary education. The theory was invented by Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School and popularized in his celebrated book The Innovator’s Dilemma (1997). The Institute has a goal of transforming “monolithic, factory-model education systems into student-centric designs that educate every student successfully and enable each to realize his or her fullest potential.”
In line with this goal, Pedago, co-founded by Tom Adams, Alexie Harper, and Ori Ratner in 2013, has a mission to reinvent online and mobile learning. Inspired by a desire to bring Active Learning practices to an educational technology sector dominated by passive video lectures, Pedago makes learning dramatically faster and more effective with highly interactive lessons available on any device.
“In all my years in the education technology sector, I’ve never seen a learning platform as motivating and engaging as the platform Pedago has created,” Horn said. “The first time I used it, I couldn’t stop learning.”
Pedago’s first product is Smartly, a learning platform that is transforming business education. Developed in partnership with experts from leading business schools, Smartly offers a broad range of carefully-crafted business courses, designed to make learning fast, convenient, and effective.